Jets 'should be shot' if they don't take Notre Dame's Joe Alt - Analyst

Notre Dame football offensive tackle Joe Alt is considered one of the gems of the draft class and one analyst is desperate for the New York Jets to land him.
Junior left tackle Joe Alt (76) goes through drills for the Notre Dame football team
Junior left tackle Joe Alt (76) goes through drills for the Notre Dame football team / Greg Swiercz / USA TODAY NETWORK

For former Notre Dame football star Joe Alt, the discussion has always been “just how high will he go” rather than “will he go in the first round?” Every mock draft that’s been released since the middle of last year has Alt somewhere in the Top 10 picks.

Most have the former Notre Dame football offensive tackle going before the 7th or 8th pick of the draft. Some even have him being one of the first five players off the board. However, in recent weeks there have been some who have started to question whether Alt is as sure fire as scouts have claimed.

Don’t count Mike Francesca among those who has any doubts that Joe Alt is the real deal. The longtime analyst and broadcaster went on his podcast earlier this week and made it clear that he believes there’s one team in particular that would be crazy not to take Alt, should he still be around when they make their selection.

“If the Jets get the good fortune of Alt being there at 10,” Francesca said. “If they don't take him, they should be shot. And if Alt's there, pop the champagne corks because that will be a home run.”

Notre Dame football star could have a long career in the NFL

Francesca went on to make it clear that his love for Alt isn’t merely about wanting to grab a guy that all the NFL Mock Drafts are projected to be a high pick. The analyst believes grabbing Alt, should he fall to the Jets would be an investment in the long-term health of the franchise.

“That will be a guy who will be a 10-year starter, maybe a 14-year starter. A multiple-time all-pro. He is a can't-miss player on the offensive line.”

Francesca then made it clear that the former Notre Dame football star might not actually be available when the Jets make their move. He said that it’s 50/50 Alt will still be on the board by the Jets number 10 pick. But if he is, the analyst is imploring the team to make the right decision.